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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: And Other Tales of New York (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140437973
ISBN10: 0140437975
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With its unflinching portrayal of the squalor and brutality of turn-of-the-century New York, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. Crane's novel chronicles the life of Maggie Johnson, the daughter of a cruel father and drunken mother, who finds work in a collar factor and is seduced by her brother's menacing friend, Pete. Disowned by her mother, Maggie becomes a prostitute and, ultimately, a victim of despair. But more than the tale of a young woman's tragic fall, the novel is also a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature.<P>This volume also includes "George's Mother" and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896. Together in their poised realism these tales confirm Crane's place as the first modern American writer.

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Ignored and abused by her family, Maggie's head is turned by a hustler who promises to protect her, but only hastens her downfall. Her tragic flaw is her inability to see the world the way it really is. This volume also includes "George's Mother" and 11 other tales and sketches.

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"A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago."—Alfred Kazin. Maggie, a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature, produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. This volume includes "George's Mother" and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896.

About the Author

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was active as a reporter around the world in addition to being an acclaimed novelist.

Larzer Ziff is a research professor of English at Johns Hopkins University who has written extensively on American literary culture.

Table of Contents

Edited and with an Introduction by Larzer Ziff with the Assistance of Theo Davis

Introduction: Stephen Crane's New York by Larzer Ziff

Suggestions for Further Reading

Note on the Texts

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York) (1893)

George's Mother (1896)

Tales of New York

The Broken-Down Van (1892)

An Ominous Baby (1893, 1894)

A Great Mistake (1893, 1896)

A Dark-Brown Dog (1893, 1901)

An Experiment in Misery (1894)

An Experiment in Luxury (1894)

Mr. Binks' Day Off (1894)

The Men in the Storm (1894)

When Man Falls, A Crowd Gathers (1894)

An Eloquence of Grief (1896, 1898)

Adventures of a Novelist (1896)

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HPGordon, September 10, 2006 (view all comments by HPGordon)
A great example of American Realism, Maggie stands as a portrayal of how people in Crane's days and even today, can be trapped in a circle of poverty, abuse, neglect, and physical violence. Crane had to publish this novella with his own money, as it was considered to risque; which is unusual, as the book has no specific sexually explicit material whatsoever. The use and choice of Cranes' adjectival modifiers and literary tropes are bar none. Some of his shortest sentences hit you between the eyes with passion and realism. Plus, the book is so short one can afford to re-read it in order to get maximum benefit of this timeless portrayal of our American life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140437973
Editor:
Ziff, Larzer
Editor:
Ziff, Larzer
Editor:
Ziff, Larzer
Author:
Ziff, Larzer
Author:
Crane, Stephen
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Poor women
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
1050
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.78x5.10x.49 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140437973 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ignored and abused by her family, Maggie's head is turned by a hustler who promises to protect her, but only hastens her downfall. Her tragic flaw is her inability to see the world the way it really is. This volume also includes "George's Mother" and 11 other tales and sketches.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago."—Alfred Kazin. Maggie, a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature, produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. This volume includes "George's Mother" and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896.
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